Thursday, January 31, 2013

New Directions Conference 2013

Speakers at our Birmingham Conference included
Prof. Jim Orford, (Birmingham University) , UKATT project and other publications include “Excessive Appetites” (1995) and “Addiction Dilemmas: Family Experiences from Literature and Research and Their Challenges for Practice” (2011)
Dr. Alex Copello (Birmingham University), Dr. Sarah Galvani (University of Bedfordshire), Dr Jim McCambridge (London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine), Pip Mason (consultancy)
And from Alcohol Research UK, Prof. Ray Hodgson (Research Director), Dr. James Nicholls (Research Manager) and Dave Roberts (Chief Executive)

The following details are for information purposes only as the conference has now passed.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

win a bursary to attend New Directions Conference 2013

In memory of our late friend, Ron McKechnie, we're launching a prize - to submit a paper for New Directions Journal and win free attendance and accommodation (includes meals but not travel) at the 2013 NDSAG Conference to be held in Birmingham, England. Your paper should relate to this year's conference theme
Alcohol Spills Over ... Alcohol and the family and other neglected issues

New membership details are available here and you can now join online via PayPal.

Contact for more information about making a submission for the Ron McKechnie Prize.

NDSAG Members' interests

This post will be updated to include a list of current (& past) members of NDSAG and their experience or interests in the alcohol field.  


Wulf Livingston

I currently work as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Glyndwr University. Before this I spent a number of years teaching on social work courses at Bangor University. 

Prior to my full-time role in academia I worked in a range of community social work settings both voluntary and statutory, working predominantly in the field of alcohol and drugs. 

I am nearing the completion of my qualitative PhD studies at Bangor, exploring the acquisition of alcohol knowledge by social workers. My areas of research and publication interest are alcohol and drugs in social work, service user involvement and recovery. I continue to be an active member of a number of other national and local charities and organisations involved in either specific alcohol and drug research issues or community based recovery agendas (UK
Recovery Academy, British Association of Social Workers - Special Interest Group on alcohol and other drugs, Recycle Cycle Cymru and DARE mountaineering recovery group). 

Prior to social care work, I spent time in the catering industry and directly acquiring knowledge about alcohol and drug use.

Adrian Brown
Alcohol Nurse Specialist in Hospital Liaison.
I trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in the Eighties (after briefly dabbling in the metallurgical industry).

I worked in several roles across the West London substance misuse services, mostly since 1994 in the alcohol field with a special interest in quality and information. This meant I got involved in several national projects, such as Models of Care and NICE guidelines and standards for alcohol.

St Mary's Hospital, Paddington: 1998 to 2011
St George's Hospital, Tooting: 2011 onwards
These posts have had two main focuses - traditional liaison with people who have alcohol dependence or repeating patterns of chaotic misuse and the Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) model. IBA had been establised at St Mary's for many years, and was influential in several significant research and recommendation projects. With Robin Touquet, I had worked to constantly update that process and reviewing what we had learned has played a big part in my current role as team leader of the team of nurses working at St Georges.

I've become co-ordinator of London's Hospital Alcohol Liaison Forum, which we set up initially as an informal learning set, because so few people in our organisations understood the role. The membership is quite open, and has grown from four of us in Westminster Camden & Islington to around two dozen hospitals represented.

If you are a member of NDSAG, please post a brief account below, or email me at
(Your contact details not needed here.)

Take New Directions but Learn from Experience !

The rather wonderful FEAD website has a conversation between three leading lights from the NDSAG network.

At any New Directions conference, you can find this level of discourse, formal and informal, and we seek to provide a friendly welcoming network to meet colleagues from across the alcohol field - treatment, research, policy, philosophy and beyond.